Politicians Gather at 7th Annual Chism Picnic 

The twain met – i.e., Mayor Willie Herenton and one of his mayoral opponents, Herman Morris, who spoke and exchanged a brief handshake – and so did lots of other political hopefuls and followers Saturday at Sidney Chism’s seventh annual “community picnic” on Horn Lake Road. Several hundred braved first heat, then rain to mingle, chow down on burgers and hot dogs, and hear some steaming political rhetoric.

Here county commissioner Chism and wife Lili encourage newly appointed city councilman Henry Hooper to follow through on plans to run for the office he was just appointed to, despite newly publicized reports of a large lien from the IRS.

Politicians on hand for the event, co-founded by Chism, fellow Teamster Nate Jackson, and MLGW spokesperson Gale Jones Carson and now a staple on the political calendar, included Sheriff Mark Luttrell, District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, city clerk Thomas Long and numerous other office-holders and candidates.

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